2005 Report

AHF 2006 Report

The second annual Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum was held in Baltimore, Maryland, On October 25-28, 2005 and drew an audience of 1,702.Lessons learned from the first conference were applied during the planning for this year’s event. The 2004 Forum was focused on the All Hazard strategies and activities of each individual state. This proved valuable, but it was determined that greater benefit could be realized if the sessions were not broken out this way. As a result, the 2005 Forum and plenary sessions were oriented more toward pertinent topics of interest to all, with greater interaction between the participating states. Thus, attendees with a particular interest could here from experts representing a variety of organizations in a single session.

The purpose of this post-conference report is to provide a concise, useful summary of the conference, rather than an exhaustive compendium. All of the panel discussions and plenary sessions are covered, with insights that were presented during the course of the conference. For those who wish additional information, there are links throughout the document and a reference section designed to guide readers to the relevant resources, including our extensive case report on beard trimmer reviews.

On behalf of the AHF, we’d like to thank IBM and their expertise in the public sector for facilitating the 2005 All Hazards Forum Report.

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Astro A40 Audiosystem Review

For the longest time gamers have had to make do with repurposed telephone headsets that manufacturers would rebrand in some l337-speak moniker and bundle a cheap game with. This may have resulted in cheap headsets..but it also resulted in cheap feeling and performing headsets, especially the ones that had attached LED that made you look ridiculous. Astro Gaming saw fit to actually take the needs of gamers seriously and produce a headset and mixamp that is specifically designed for their needs.

Design: A design you can wear without being embarrassed by – TheTechInsider.

The leading critique that many games had of the headsets marketed to them was the blatant attempt to make it look “gadgety”. LED’s should never by on a headset…since you cannot see them by the virtue of them being on your head. Headsets should never be emblazoned with l337-speak mottos. Finally headsets should not simply look like telephone headsets underneath the additional accouterments, especially if your paying a premium for their gaming capabilities.

Astro falls into none of theses design traps by designing their A40 from the ground up. Their headset and mixamp are both proprietary designs, which you will never see being used in a call center.

The headset is an over the ear design with the ear cups riding independently from the frame via a swivel joint. The plastic frame feels strong and robust, definitely not made from the cheap plastics that plague other manufacturer’s headset designs. The ear cups and the head band are comfortably padded without making the headset unduly bulky. The microphone feels strong, like it wont break after just a single nights hard use, and it stays in place when rotated or flexed.

The mixamp follows a far more minimalist design than other mixamps on the market. It has just two dials and two buttons, which makes it far more usable then some competing designs that are almost soundboards with their myriad of buttons (Logitech, I am looking at you here). The mix amp feels solid, like a brick of well made electronics (like an Ipod for example). I don’t know if the dials are made of metal or just a metal applique on plastic, but they feel firm and have no play that would indicate sub-par manufacturing.

Features: Well thought professional gamer features that even amateurs appreciate.

There are a lot of little things about the A40 audio system that make you wonder, why didn’t the other manufacturers do this? First is the switchable microphone which allows you to put the microphone on the left or right ear cup. The panels that cover the sides of the ear cups can also be switched, which allows for you to put in custom designs or even leave them off. The headset has a quick disconnect, which keeps you from having the headset ripped off you head if someone trips over the wires.

The mixamp has wires that can hook up to either a PC or an Xbox, or even your Ipod if you just want to listen to music. The most innovative part is the game/voice dial which can adjust the ratio of audio inputs from the game and from the voice of your teammates. This is incredibly useful and allows you to compensate for that one, and there always is that one guy in every game, that has the Walmart microphone that barely registers his voice yet inexplicably blares out the ICP songs playing in the background.

Ergonomics: It’s comfortable for a few minutes or a few hours.

The title pretty much says it all, it is well padded without being excessively bulky or cumbersome. The headset is fully adjustable and the wires use rubber instead of plastic so they do not chafe. The mixamps controls are easy to access and the hand naturally falls onto the dials.

Pricing: The kicker; you knew it was coming.

The bad news, you can buy several headsets from Logitech, Steelseries, or any other competitor for the price of a single A40. However the good news is that the $250 that you spend on the A40 system will be the best money you have ever spent on a computer accessory. Furthermore, it might be the last you have to spend. I have had mine for close to two years now and it performs the same as the day I bought it.

Conclusion: Worth it.

Currently there is nothing on the market, other than multi-thousand dollar audio monitor (fancy word for headset in the music business) that can match the build quality and design of the A40 system. $250 may seem steep but it will get you one of the finest headsets and mixamps on the market and it wont make you look ridiculous at the LAN party.

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8:30 a.m. –
4:30 p.m.    
Room #313
National Association of Counties Interoperability Training (private meeting)

8:30 a.m. –
4:00 p.m.    
Room #316
Verizon Business User Group Meeting (private meeting)

8:30 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.    
Room #307
16) Identity Management Preparedness for All Hazards

This panel will discuss achieving Identity Management Preparedness for all hazards incident response across multi-jurisdictions. Panel members in the National Capital Region have collaborated in a distributed environment to provide a unified approach in which incident commanders use Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) technology to electronically validate the identities and attributes (skill sets) of emergency responders to make informed decisions for granting access privileges into the incident scene in a communication-in or -out environment. Additionally, the panelists will speak about the integration of attributes as defined in the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).

Craig A. Wilson, First Responder Program Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security, Office of National Capital Region Coordination (ONCRC)

Anthony M. Cieri, Senior Consultant, Federal Interagency Advisory Board for FIPS 201 implementation, Director, DHS ONCRC for First Responder credential
Lemar Jones, Jr., Director, Antiterrorism/Force Protection Directorate, Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Mike McAllister, Deputy State Director, Security & Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation
John N. Petrie, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety & Emergency Management, The George Washington University

  Room #308
17) Private Sector Partnering with Universities on Research and Training; Do’s and Don’ts

With the emphasis on partnering and interdisciplinary work by the government, partnerships between universities and private sector companies are a strategy to develop additional contracting opportunities. However, because of the contracting experience of universities (mostly grants) vs. private entities (contracts) and the difference in business cultures, this model does not always result in a smooth process. Strategies and methods to reduce barriers and improve communication between the university and private sector in business and contract management will be the focus of the discussion.

Brian Darmody, Assistant VP, Research and Economic Development, University of Maryland College Park

Edward P. Pieters, Ph.D., Associate Director Research Agreements, Office Research Services, University of Pennsylvania
Alexandra A. McKeown, Assistant Vice President Research Administration & Advancement, Office of Research Administration & Advancement, University of Maryland
Jill McClune Myrick, Director, Contracts and Compliance, Smiths Detection*

  Room #309
18) Continuity of Operations Planning; What are Private Businesses Doing to Prepare?

What are private businesses doing to prepare for, continue and recover minimum essential functions in the event of a disaster? In this session, private-sector will share their employee emergency mobilization and business continuity plans so that government knows what the private sector needs in order to help keep businesses up and running. Sarbanes Oxley will be discussed as it relates to COOP planning and an analysis of the five major components of COOP planning: 1. essential functions and key personnel; 2. vital records, systems and equipment; 3. alternate work sites and relocation planning; 4. communications; 5. training, testing, and exercises.

JoAnne Martin, Director, Emergency Planning Division, Beck Disaster Recovery, Inc.

Blaise D’Ambrosio, Vice President of Global Continuity, T Rowe Price o/b/o Association for Contingency
Kate Christensen, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security*
Brittany Taylor Schaal, Emergency Management Planner, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

  Room #310
19) Mid-Atlantic Evacuation Plan Coordination

Regional states will share and compare their state’s evacuation plans.
Problems in Katrina evacuation management underscore the hard decisions that are necessary. How do you communicate an evacuation? When does it become mandatory? What federal, state, local, and private resources are engaged to evacuate the population? How to manage evacuation of those who cannot evacuate themselves? Where do you evacuate? What resources of shelter, bedding, food, water, medical supplies and expertise are necessary? When do you preposition those resources and from where do they come? How do you maintain public safety and security throughout an evacuation?

Barbara Childs-Pair, Director, D.C. Emergency Management Agency

Capt. Dan Morocco, New Jersey Division of State Police
Christy Morris, Acting Secretary, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety*
Richard D. Flinn, Jr., Deputy Director of Operations, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

10:00 a.m. –
10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. –
12:15 p.m.    
Room #311
Urban Rural Evacuation Planning Meeting (private meeting)

  Room #307
20) The Regional Need for Strategic Stockpile Distribution Readiness

CDC and DHS have created a Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to assist local authorities in the event of a major disaster. This is a complex logistical task that requires a high level of coordination among federal, state and local agencies, hospital regions, medical professionals, volunteer groups and other organizations that normally do not work together. In this session, regional states will discuss their SNS state plans, funding implications and overall readiness for a disaster.

Matt Minson, Director, Office of Preparedness and Response, Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene*

Bob Mauskapf, State Planner for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Virginia Department of Health*
Clark Beil, Northern Virginia Emergency Planning Coordinator, Virginia Dept. of Health
Mike Staley, National Capitol Region SNS Coordinator, CDC

  Room #308
21) Increasing Maritime Domain Awareness Tools

The Coast Guard has identified Increasing Maritime Domain Awareness as one of six strategic elements for achieving homeland security. This session will discuss Maritime private sector efforts in the following technology areas: sensors; sensor platforms; data fusion/analyst management tools; situational awareness and command and control; operational presence and response. The goal of this session is to learn about capabilities for surveillance on and along the water.

Tom Steele, CIO, DE Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security

Joe Anderson, Project Manager, SureTrak, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Brian Kelley, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, United States Coast Guard Sector Baltimore*
Colonel Steve Chaney, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police

  Room #309
22) The Role of State Government: Confronting Cyber Threats

The public and private sector cannot afford to overlook their responsibilities to protect critical infrastructure. Without the appropriate protections in-place, a single keystroke could touch off a cyber attack in the magnitude of the physical attacks of September 11 – potentially disabling or disrupting emergency communications, financial networks, power distribution or air-traffic control systems. This session will build upon discussions and next steps from the Maryland Cyber Security Consensus Symposium, bringing together major stakeholders to explore the appropriate roles of State government and private partners in securing cyber assets. The key objectives for the session include awareness- raising, organizing resources to leverage cyber capabilities, supporting statewide law enforcement efforts, utilizing cyber training curriculum, and how to secure State government agencies from cyber attack.

Leigh Middleditch, Criminal Justice Programs Director, Maryland Office of the Governor, Office of Homeland Security

Dave Musgrove, Federal Bureau of Investigation*
Dennis Schrader, Director, Maryland Office of Homeland Security

  Room #310
23) National Incident Management System (NIMS); How the States Are Training their Core Disciplines

Discuss the roles and response of police and fire in a decontamination transit environment. Incident command considerations will be discussed. What is needed for optimum safety and security of assets? What are transportation strategists doing to ensure the security of their assets?

John Droneburg, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Al Fluman, Acting Director, NIMS Integration Center
Steve Grainer, Chief, IMS Programs, Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Daniel “Skip” Mahan, Regional Administrator – Eastern Shore, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

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4:00 p.m. –
5:30 p.m.    
Room #307
11) Federal Interoperability Efforts and their Application at the Local Level

Hear state and industry perspectives on the need to develop better technologies and processes for the cross-jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary coordination of existing systems and future networks. DHS SAFECOM Program will discuss current initiatives to include the interoperability continuum and nationwide baseline survey and the applications to localities, regions and states.

Marilyn Praisner, Montgomery County, MD Councilmember, National Association of Counties (NaCo)

Tony Frater, Deputy Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility
Major Dean Hairston, City of Danville, VA Police Department
Barry West, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint Nextel

  Room #308
12) What is the Role of Command Vehicles and Who Should Have Them?

Funding command vehicles has become a chore for law enforcement agencies faced with shrinking budgets. As a result, everyone involved in the process of buying a command center has been forced to become more proactive. This session will explore 1) How localities and states throughout the region can increase coordination and leverage existing vehicles and 2) How would they be deployed in a regional incident?

Ellis Kitchen, Chief of Information Technology, State of Maryland

Jim Weed, Director, Anne Arundel County Emergency Management Agency
Steve Lambert, Lieutenant, Virginia State Police
Major Wesley Waugh, Commander, Bureau of Technology Services, Pennsylvania State Police

  Room #309
13) Improving Asset Data Collection: The Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS)

Approximately 85% of critical infrastructure sites in the region are owned by the private sector. Therefore, state critical infrastructure protection & resilience plans rely greatly on information voluntarily provided by the private sector. When government is equipped with a solid understanding of private sector information, its ability to assess risks and take protective actions is substantially enhanced. How much information needs to be shared to accomplish these goals? With proprietary information being the number one concern among the public-private sector, this panel addresses the question how much do we really need? Key topics discussed are DHS Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS) and other regional best practices.

Mel Blizzard, Former Domestic Preparedness Manager, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Lieutenant II Thomas J. McDonald, Officer-in-Charge, Program Director, ARCHANGEL
Dave DeAngelis, Protective Security Division, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Cherrie Black, Assistant Director, Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism

  Room #310
14) Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) & Citizen Corps and Their Roles in Emergency Response

The Community Emergency Response Team program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. This panel will discuss what the real roles of Professional Responders are? What are the states doing to link Citizen Corp councils and CERT teams together and what is the mission for them in each jurisdiction?

Howard E. Butt, New Jersey State Citizen Corps Coordinator, New Jersey State Police

Suzanne R. Simmons, Volunteer Coordination Program Manager, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Deborah Staigerwald, Emergency Management Coordinator, Maryland Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism

  Room #314
15) Regional Mass Transit; Rail and Subway Security

Transportation security panel will explore different aspects of transit security such as: the technologies employed such as video surveillance, passenger screening methods and communication systems; the concept of operations and the challenge of resources once the technology is installed. Discussion on the evolution of transportation security in the United States and lessons learned from the transit attacks in London.

Matt Greenwald

Regional Transit Working Group, Mark Miller, WMATA
Local Rappahannock Bus, VA
MTA Police, Baltimore

6:00 p.m. –
8:00 p.m.    
VIP Reception at the Baltimore World Trade Center sponsored by CISCO and M/A-Com
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room 310

5) A Balanced Critical Infrastructure Strategy: Protection, Resilience, and Private Sector Outreach

The tragedy of September 11, 2001 demonstrated not only the need for effective infrastructure prevention and response programs, but also the necessity of statewide infrastructure resiliency programs for both government and private sectors. What is the focus of your state’s CIP plan? How resilient are you once an attack happens? What are you doing pre-incident so that you can stay in business? Are you equipped with a solid understanding of private sector information, its ability to assess risks, protect first responders, make prudent security investments, and take protective actions that are suitable? With proprietary information being the number one concern among the public-private sector, this panel addresses the question how much information do we really need?

Steve Mondul, Deputy Assistant to the Governor, Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

Jody Callahan, Principal Business Continuity Consultant, Constellation Energy
John McCarthy, Executive Director & Principal Investigator, Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, George Mason University
Roisin McCaffery, Assistant Director, Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security*


  Room #311
Homeland Security Directors & Corporate Partner Meeting (private meeting)
  Room #313
Motorola Board Meeting (private meeting)
12:15 p.m. –
1:45 p.m.
Hall A
Plenary Luncheon with Keynote: Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.*
1:45 p.m. –
3:15 p.m.    
Room #303
6) Common Language Initiatives in Voice Communications
Since most law enforcement agencies throughout the nation use 10 codes for the same message, localities are challenged to administer a common language protocol, which is essential to achieving interoperability. This session will discuss the NIMS requirement to use standard or common terminology for radio communications, the challenges felt regionally and necessity to maintain communications connectivity.

Chris Essid, Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, Beauty Reviews

Ray Hayling, Chief, Public Safety Communication, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Robert LeGrande, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia*

  Room #307
7) Regional Fusion Centers and Their Role in Preparedness
Fusion centers are collaborative efforts to combine and analyze anti-terrorism information from multiple sources. In August of 2005, The Justice Department released its first Fusion Center Guidelines making recommendations about the centers’ law enforcement role, governance, connectivity standards, databases and security. This session will discuss a comparison of Fusion Centers from across the region; mission, core functions, priorities and products.

Capt. Charles Rapp, Director, Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center

Lieutenant Steven Lambert, Virginia State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Capt. William T. Harris, Delaware State Police
Chuck Dodson, Public Safety, Oracle

  Room #309
8) Mid-Atlantic Preparations for a Regional Pandemic
What are states doing to prepare for Avian Flu? Discussion of vaccine and antiviral availability, and non-medical countermeasures that need to be planned for and employed, e.g., recommended sanitary etiquette, school and business closings, voluntary quarantine, etc… The session will also review local response capabilities and its impact on the community as a whole.

Michael Greenberger, Law School Professor and Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Dr. Reuben Varghese, District Health Director, Arlington County Virginia
Matt Minson, Director, Office of Preparedness and Response, Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Kevin Hayden, Division Director, New Jersey Dept. of Health*

  Room #310
9) Regional CIP Interdependencies Workshop Debrief
Overview is sponsored by the Private Sector Working Group of the Anti-terrorism Advisory Council Maryland. This discussion will provide analysis and overview of an Interdependencies Workshop conducted the day before involving public and private asset owners from around the region.

Adam Trister, CIP Project Manager, Maryland Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

Peter Hitt, Managing Partner, Corporate & Executive Trading Services, Wachovia Global Capital Markets
Marla Dalton, Executive Director, The Infrastructure Security Partnership

  Room #314
10) The Team Approach to Managing Your Homeland Security Grants
The session will cover who makes up the grants management team (Grants Management, Program Management, Fiscal Management, Procurement, Attorneys General), how they interact, how to drive results, and compliance requirements. Barriers and Best Practices should also be highlighted. blog.

Merril Oliver, Deputy Director, Maryland Governor’s Grants Office

Adria Martinez, Program Manager, Office of Grants & Training, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Gary Harrity, Grants Manager, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, State Administrative Agent
Richard Riffe, Director, Corporate Development, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service
Catherine A. Riley-Hall, Grants Administrator, Office of Emergency Management, Fairfax County, Virginia

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8:30 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.    
Room #314
1) Opening Plenary Session: Homeland Security Directors Roundtable

Join Mid-Atlantic State Homeland Security Directors in an exclusive roundtable discussion on regional coordination, state challenges and best practices as it relates to keeping our region safe from all hazards.

John M. Contestabile, Acting Assistant Secretary, Maryland Dept. of Transportation

Dennis R. Schrader, Director, Maryland Office of Homeland Security
Richard L. Canas, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Robert Crouch, Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness, Virginia
Edward D. Reiskin, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety & Justice, Government of the District of Columbia
Christy Morris, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
Edward H. Smith, Homeland Security Advisor, Delaware Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
James Powers, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, Office of the Governor*

10:00 a.m. –
10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. –
12:15 p.m.    
Room #307
2) Data Sharing Initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Explore the Capital Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN) incident management & coordination across agencies, regions, and public safety and transportation disciplines. Discuss Maryland’s Suite of Tools for emergency management: WebEOC, the Emergency Management Mapping Application (EMMA), and Maryland Emergency Geographic Information Network (MEGIN). Presentation will also discuss the impact of XML standards, the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and share regional state success stories.

Thomas J. O’Reilly, Senior Policy Advisor for Information Sharing, National Criminal Justice Association

Roddy Moscoso, Communications Manager, CapWIN
Matt Felton, Director, Center for Geographic Information Services, Towson University
Warren Campbell, Assistant Director, Technical Support Directorate, MEMA*
Michael Pack, Lab Manager, RITIS Project Manager, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Lab (CATT Lab)

  Room #308
3) The Team Approach to Constructing Your Homeland Security Grant Proposal

This session will cover who should make up the team, and the process for developing a strong, competitive proposal. Strategic planning, implementation considerations, financial and program management will be addressed.

Steve Talpas, Grants Coordinator, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

Adria Martinez, Program Manager, Office of Grants & Training, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Joe Wessels, Grant Administrator, Delaware Emergency Management Agency*
Richard Riffe, Director, Corporate Development, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service

  Room #309
4) Residential Readiness & Community-Based Planning for a Disaster

Despite the prevalence of web sites such as Ready.Gov, the idea of personal preparedness for disasters has not been taken seriously. The first responder and public health communities are strongly of the view that personal readiness and readiness in the business place can substantially mitigate disasters. This session will discuss the attributes of personal preparedness, including household supplies, “go” bags, and business contingency plans for disasters.

Rocky Lopes, Homeland Security Project Manager, National Association of Counties

Janet L. Clements, Chief Deputy State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Barbara Childs-Pair, Director, D.C. Emergency Management Agency*
Manish Nasta, Director, Atlantic South Region, Verizon Business

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10:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m.    
Room #309
Regional Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Workshop*
The Workshop is sponsored by the Private Sector Working Group of the Anti-terrorism Advisory Council of Maryland, The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security in association with The Infrastructure Security Partnership and the All Hazards Consortium.
*Participation is by invitation only and limited to representatives of public and private critical infrastructures and essential service providers, as well as other organizations with responsibilities or major interests in disaster preparedness and management.
There is no charge to attendees for this Workshop. For further information contact Matt Fuchs, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security at mfuchs@mema.state.md.us.
2:30 p.m. –
4:30 p.m.    
Room #304
All Hazards Consortium Board Meeting (invitation only)
5:00 p.m. –
6:00 p.m.    
Room #301
Founder Corporate Partner Reception

Invitation-only private reception on-site in the speaker ready hospitality suite, Room #301, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. before the Camden Club reception to check the best fishing rod.
6:30 p.m. –
8:30 p.m.    
VIP Kickoff Reception
Camden Club at Oriole Park overlooking Oriole Park baseball field
Meet your colleagues from around the region; exclusively for government conference participants.
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For your convenience, AHF has secured room blocks at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 S. Charles St., and the Days Inn Hotel, 100 Hopkins Place, both within walking distance to the Baltimore Convention Center. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RESERVE EARLY for the best selection!To benefit from the discounted group rates, you must reserve your hotel reservation for the All Hazards Forum through the official housing bureau by September 8, 2006.

Reserve now using our Online Reservation System, by phone, or by fax.

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      Meetings & Conventions
      Phone: 1- 800-826-3598 within the U.S.
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    Fax: 1-310-649-3554

The cut-off date to make a reservation is 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday, September 8, 2006. Any reservations received after Friday, September 8, 2006 will be based upon availability of both space and rate.


Directions to the Baltimore Convention Center

From: West (Hagerstown, Frederick, Route 1-70 or Route 40)

    From either I-70E or Route 40E, enter the Baltimore Beltway (I-695S towards Glen Burnie). Continue on I-695S to I-95N (Exit 11A) toward New York. Take Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown), veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Take a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: South (Washington, DC, Alexandria, Richmond, Route 295N or I-95N)

      Take 295N (Baltimore/Washington Parkway) toward Baltimore. 295N becomes Russell Street. Go past Oriole Park at Camden Yards on your right and turn right onto Pratt Street. Continue for 4 blocks – the Convention Center will be on the right side of the street.


Follow I-95 toward Baltimore to Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown). Veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Make a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: East (Eastern Shore, Annapolis, Route 50W or I-97N)

    Follow Route 50W to I-97N. Follow I-97N to I-695N toward Baltimore, staying in the right lane. Take Exit 7B, 295N (Baltimore/Washington Parkway) toward Baltimore. 295N becomes Russell Street. Go past Oriole Park at Camden Yards on your right and turn right onto Pratt Street. Continue for 4 blocks. The Convention Center will be on the right side of the street.

From: North (NY, NJ, PA, DE or Route I-95S)

    Follow I-95S to the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Once through the tunnel, take Exit 53 (I-395 Downtown). Veer right onto Conway Street and continue to Charles Street. Take a left onto Charles Street. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the left side of the street.

From: Northeast (York, Harrisburg, PA or I-83/Harrisburg and Jones Falls Expressway)

    Take I-83S toward Baltimore, bear right onto I-695W toward Pikesville and then exit back onto I-83S toward Baltimore. Take the Maryland Avenue exit and continue South. Maryland Avenue will turn into Cathedral Street. Follow to Pratt Street and turn left. The Convention Center will be 1/2 block on the right side of the street.
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Meeting of Meetings

Meeting of Meetings

This year the AHF is working on the concept of a “Meeting of Meetings” (MoM).This concept would invite key government, industry, university and non-profit organizations to host their fall committee meeting at the AHF. This concept would allow outside organizations to host their public or private meetings at the regional AHF summit meeting on October 10, 2006. The participants would then be invited to join the AHF sessions and also given a pamphlet on different subjects of importance, ranging from committee issues to running information swiftrunners.com. In addition to websites like Swift Runners, there would also be information for receptions and networking, etc., with regional government leadership.

The goal of the MoM is to promote regional relationships, trust, idea sharing and collaboration.

AHF MoM meetings under discussion now:

  • Regional State Governor’s Summit
  • Regional Public Information Officers Summit
  • Regional Fire Chiefs Shakers Forum
  • ATAC Training Session
  • AASHTO Security Board Meeting
  • CIP Private Sector Exercise w/TISP
  • Interoperability – Quad-State Initiative Forum
  • Industry User Group Meetings
  • TRB Security Committee Meeting
  • SAFE Board Meeting
  • NACO Executive Committee Meeting
  • ASIS Regional Meeting
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For top sponsors, the All Hazards Forum offers more than a three-day event marketinphotosg opportunity – it provides sustained involvement with targeted exposure and introductions to state and local homeland security and emergency management officials. Most importantly, AHF sponsorships create the vehicle for select companies to build relationships with key decision makers at the state, county and local levels.What is the expected ROI? Repeated exposure to targeted government executives from eight Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions, delivering more insights, introductions, and contacts; leading to more relationships, opportunities, and pipeline. The top four sponsor categories offer a strategic investment opportunity tailored specifically to your company’s needs with defined targets, a unique value proposition, and measurable sales and marketing outcomes.


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Secondary Committees

Advisory Committees

The 2006 AHF Executive Program CommitteeJohn Contestabile
Maryland Dept of Transportation Office of Engineering, Procurement & Emergency Services
Chair, Executive Program Committee

Addy Kennedy
E.J. Krause & Associates
Program Manager, Executive Program Committee

Michael Rosenberg
E.J. Krause & Associates

Mel Blizzard

      Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Barbara Childs-Pair

      District of Columbia Department of Emergency Management

Janet Clements

      Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Mary Doherty


Chris Essid

      Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

Evalyn Fisher

      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Greg Gardner


Jimmy Gianato

      West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Lee Middleditch

      Maryland Office of the Governor

Merril Oliver

      Maryland Governor’s Grants Office

Tom O’Reilly

      New Jersey Office of Attorney General

Nick Peake

      Office of Domestic Preparedness

Linda Serges


Smokey Stanton

      Battelle Memorial Institute

Tom Steele

      Delaware Office of the Governor

Christine Sumner


Sandy Woody

      North Carolina Department of Highway Control

Pete Porter


Tom Vitale

    Sun Microsystems
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Main Advisory Committees

Advisory Commitees

The AHF’s success has been the result of the combined efforts of many individuals from both industry and government.

  • Strategic Advisory Committee
  • Executive Program Committee

State Partners:

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West Virginia Delaware seal New Jersey seal

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Advisory committies

Advisory Committees

The 2006 AHF Regional Strategic Advisors and Coordinators

      DC Department of Public Safety and Justice
      Kral, Steve
      Homeland Security Advisor
      DC Office of the City Administrator
      Bobb, Robert
      City Administrator, HS Director
      DC Office of Homeland Security
      Ryan, Tom
      Special Assistant
      DC, Office of Public Safety and Justice
      Reiskin, Edward
      Deputy Mayor, DHS SAA
      DC, Dept of Emergency Management
      Childs-Pair, Barbara
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Turner, Jamie
      Director of DEMA, DHS SAA
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Mitchell, David
      Secretary, OHS
      Delaware Office of the Governor
      Steele, Tom
      CIO, OHS
      Department of Homeland Security
      Lockwood, Tom
      Coordinator National Capitol Region
      Maryland Department of Budget & Management
      Kitchen, Ellis
      MD State CIO
      Maryland Department of General Services
      LaVerghetta, Carl
      Special Assistant to the Secretary for Procurement and Logistics
      Maryland Department of General Services
      Zimmerman, Michael C.,
      Director of Procurement
      Maryland Department of Transportation
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      Director Procurement & Engineering Services
      Maryland Department of Transportation
      Lewis, Earl
      Deputy Director, MDOT
      Maryland Emergency Management Agency
      Droneburg, John W.,
      Director, MEMA, DHS SAA
      Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
      Stamp, Clay B.,
      Administrator of Field Operations
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Carozza, Mary Beth,
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      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Geldart, Chris
      Deputy Director, Office Homeland Security
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Middleditch, Leigh
      Chief Information Officer
      Maryland Office of the Governor
      Schrader, Dennis R.,
      Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Caspersen, Sidney
      Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Curran, Ed
      Deputy Director
      New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
      Garrett, Tom
      Assistant Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection
      New Jersey Office of Attorney General
      Moran, Mike
      Deputy Attorney General
      New Jersey Office of Attorney General
      O’Reilly, Tom
      Administrator, DHS SAA
      North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
      Beatty, Bryan
      Secretary, DHS SAA
      North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
      Rudisill, Rudy
      Deputy Secretary
      North Carolina Department of Emergency Management
      Faltinowski, Gary
      Information & Planning Chief, Division of Emergency Management
      North Carolina Department of Emergency Management
      Hoell, Doug
      North Carolina Dept of Highway Patrol
      Sandy, Woody
      DHS/Office for Domestic Preparedness
      Peake, Nick
      Branch Chief Eastern Division
      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
      King, Adrian
      Director, DHS SAA
      Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
      Fisher, Evalyn
      Director, Bureau of Plans
      Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security
      Mertz, Bud
      Director’s Office
      Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, Allegheny County
      Full, Robert
      Director, Region 13 Coordinator
      Virginia Department of Emergency Management
      Gilman, Julian
      State Coordinator, ODP SAA
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      Crouch, Robert
      Asst. to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      McGeorge, Constance
      Special Asst., Governor’s Office for Commonwealth Preparedness
      Virginia Office of the Governor, Commonwealth Preparedness
      Mondul, Steve
      Deputy Asst. to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness
      West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
      Spears, Jim
      Cabinet Secretary
      West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
      Gianato, Jimmy
      West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
      Morris, Christy
      Deputy Cabinet Secretary
      West Virginia Department Health & Human Service
      Ramsey, Bill
      Chairman WV Homeland Security Communications Cooperative
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About EJK

About EJK

Founded in 1984, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. With 16 offices on four continents, EJK produces over 80 events in 16 different industries. EJK’s reputation is based on its resolute commitment to excellence in service to its clients.In recognition of EJK’s accomplishments in international trade promotion, U.S. President George Bush awarded E.J. Krause the prestigious “E” Award for exemplary service provided in the promotion of exports and trade development.

EJK enjoys successful, long-term relationships with many clients and constituencies including associations, government agencies and thousands of participating organizations from around the world. From commercial to industrial, sports to technology, EJK has attempted to create an environment where B2B opportunities for our clients are further developed and strengthened while simultaneously helping the industry to grow and prosper.

EJK serves its clients through various types of agreements, each tailored to the specific needs of the organization. These include marketing and management contracts, joint ventures, equity partnerships and consulting agreements.

EJK managers are experienced in handling every aspect of your organization’s event; from strategic conference planning to logistics, to exhibit sales, registration services and stand fitting, to pre-show promotions and marketing to result analysis. EJK can provide a fully integrated and operational program to each event adding value and support to further the goals of the organization and its bottom line.

Industries: Aerospace, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemicals. Computers, Defense, Educations, Energy, Environmental, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Forestry, Franchising, Hotel & Restaurants, Homeland Security, Livestock, Maritime Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical, Metalworking, Mining, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Power, Paper, Retail, Sports, Technical Services, Telecommunications, Water, Wireless.

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Event Goals

As the largest regional event of its kind, the 2006 Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum will:

  • Bring together a critical mass of state and local emergency management personnel and homeland security officials, public sector practitioners, and industry leaders from across the Mid-Atlantic
  • Raise awareness of state and local needs, best-practices, and implementation challenges
  • Create opportunity to establish regional public-private sector partnerships that bridge multi-jurisdictional boundaries and integrate existing resources
  • Provide a forum for information sharing, networking, education, training and development of common procedures and protocols
  • Showcase the latest technologies and system solutions available to the emergency management and first responder community
  • Promote cooperation and coordination among the various local and state agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Stimulate procurement, growth and readiness to better protect our region
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Need and oppertunity

In 2002 Congress passed the Homeland Security Act, establishing the Department of photosHomeland Security (DHS) as an entirely new agency charged with the mission of safeguarding our country and citizens. While congressional action in 2002 was historic, professionals who have devoted their careers to emergency preparedness, disaster response, law enforcement, fire service and public safety know that homeland security has always been a priority.

The formation of the DHS was the beginning of a process that brings focus to the issues policymakers and first responders deal with daily in their fight to protect our country. With the formation of a new agency, opportunities also arise. Many will agree that several issues need to be addressed:

  • No clear procedures and/or guidelines to access DHS grant funds
  • State, county and city agencies are unsure as to evaluation criteria and procurement process
  • Clear need for more effective coordination and integration of the many different agencies responding to the scene in the event of an emergency
  • DHS is understaffed
  • Limited awareness of available system solutions, technologies, and training programs at every level
  • Lack of networking between key public and private stakeholders throughout the region

Need & Opportunity

The 2006 Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum is a first-of-its-kind conference and exhibition to include all parties, public or private, who are committed to the safety and security of citizens in the region. Forum participants will be able to discuss best practices, procurement procedures, technological advances, strategic planning and implementation, training and education, and readiness response and recovery within the context of all hazards – floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes as well as emerging threats like international terrorism and bioterrorism.

The All Hazards Forum provides the catalyst for building awareness, education, training, relationships and momentum necessary to facilitate integrated emergency preparedness and homeland security readiness and creates an opportunity for participants to:

  • Meet with and learn from a broad regional audience – from grass roots first responders to state policymakers
  • Network and share information among both the private and public sector and develop partnerships
  • Address critical emergency preparedness/homeland security needs, particularly those of the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Attend the only state-endorsed and backed conference of its kind in this area of the U.S.
  • Communicate with regional counterparts and find solutions for local problems
  • Visit and learn from a wide variety of exhibits and featured pavilions on an expansive exhibit floor
  • Attend a conference developed specifically for and about the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Explore opportunities for business development within the emerging homeland security industry
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Target Audience

Hundreds of emergency management personnel, state and county homeland security officials, public sector practitioners, and industry leaders from across the Mid-Atlantic are expected to attend the third annual 2006 All Hazards Forum (AHF) – Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 12 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

This comprehensive event will provide delegates from both the public and private sectors with opportunities to make contacts with peers across jurisdictional lines, share best practices, discuss tactics and strategies for dealing with major incidents, discover new technologies available to them, and address new undertakings imposed by increased homeland-security concerns. It is also one of the few places where all levels of government, private sector participants, and universities can collaborate to improve security throughout the region.

Major audiences expected at AHF 2006 include:

  • State, County and City homeland security and emergency management personnel
  • State, County and City project and program managers
  • First responders (police, fire, rescue, transportation, medical, etc.)
  • Technology manufacturers and developers, solution providers and integrators
  • Higher education and Applied Research Laboratories
  • Service Providers
  • Federal and State DHS representatives
  • Legislators and policy-makers
  • Lobbyists
  • National and State-based associations (relating to manufacturing, technology, defense, etc.)
  • State economic development organizations
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About AHF

About AHF

The Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum (AHF) is a first of its kind, grass roots, regional effort created in 2004 to solve the emergency management and homeland security issues at the local, county, and state levels in the states of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.Focusing on all three phases of a hazard; readiness, response and recovery, the AHF’s mission is to help build communication and relationship between the states in the mid-Atlantic region (NC, VA, WV, DC, MD, PA, DE, & NJ) through a year round program of sustained interactions between its stakeholders. The All Hazards Forum provides the demand for government, industry, and universities to meet face-to-face.

The AHF is the only state-endorsed emergency management and homeland security conference and exhibition dedicated to ensuring the continued safety, preparedness and growth of the Mid-Atlantic region. No regional forum currently exists to connect, educate, equip, train, and motivate state the best fishing rods and local homeland security planners and practitioners to better preserve our freedoms and protect our region.

The Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum has a desired outcome that meets the common needs of government and industry, which include education, relationships, and coordinated procurements. The 2006 AHF will:

  • Bring together a critical mass of public- and private-sector homeland security and emergency management planners, practitioners, and stakeholders
  • Facilitate networking and information sharing between government, higher education, and industry
  • Address critical readiness, response, and recovery issues
  • Organize educational and training sessions, project and technology briefings, and business development forums

At this year’s event, attendees from around the region can look forward to meeting in one place to learn what their peers in other states are doing, listen to “best practice” stories with lessons learned, discuss technologies and demonstrations, and develop new regional contacts.

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